Who are the Reps? – 2014

The representative committee of the ISC consists of 8 representatives and the inclusions and welfare officer. The representatives each represents and supports students from a different region of the world, so if you are facing any difficulties please do contact your regional representative and they will do their best to help. Representatives also liaise with the national societies within their respective region when it comes to ISC events and supports these societies with their events and to utilise the resources on offer in the Students’ Union.

 In addition to this, each representative will be in charge of a portfolio which focuses on a different group of international students or an key issues international students face. These portfolios are Women, Mature, Post Graduate and Part-Time Students, LGBT students and Sheffield International College and English Language Teaching Centre students, Sports and Education. During the course of the year each representative will organize a campaign with the support of the Campaigns and Inclusions officer and the Welfare Committee.
The representative committee is comprised of

Screen Shot 2014-09-11 at 07.14.33 African Representative:Ammaarah Sachedina
Ammaarah represents all African students and societies will be in charge of the Sheffield International College and English Language Teaching Centre students portfolio.
Email: asachedina2@sheffield.ac.uk

Screen Shot 2014-09-11 at 07.10.07European Representative: Ana Gabriela Popa
Ana represents all European students and societies and will be in charge of Disabled and Dyslexic students portfolio.
Email: agpopa1@sheffield.ac.uk


Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 02.01.50Middle Eastern Representative: Alaa Al Sairafi
Alaa will represent all students and societies from the Middle East and will be in charge of the Women’s portfolio.
Email: aaaalsairafi1@sheffield.ac.uk


Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 02.12.00East Asian Representative: Xiaoke Xu
Xiaoke represents all East Asian students and societies and will be in charge of the Sports portfolio.
Email: xxu14@sheffield.ac.uk

Screen Shot 2014-09-11 at 07.10.03South East Asian Representative: Santhana Gopalakrishnan
Santhana represents students and societies from South East Asia and will be in charge of the LGBT portfolio.
Email: Sgopalakrishnan1@sheffield.ac.uk

Screen Shot 2014-09-11 at 07.10.12South Asian Representative: Ishita Ranasinghe
Ishita represents students and societies from South Asia and will also serve as the Cultural National Societies Liaison for Societies committee and will works to support and represent national societies.
Email: Ipranasinghe1@sheffield.ac.uk

Screen Shot 2014-09-11 at 07.09.38Campaigns and Inclusions officer: Devarshi Shukla
Devarshi will support the campaigns mentioned and will also chair the Welfare sub-committee of the ISC.
Email: dshukla1@sheffield.ac.uk

The representative committee will also include a Home Rep and an Americas rep who will be elected at the upcoming EGM.

To contact your regional representative or if you’re  interested in getting involved in the campaigns please do email them.

More Food Around Campus

On Campus:

The university provides different cafes/ food outlets around campus. The Students’ Union has “Our Shop” which brings food items from almost all around the world. It provides everything from fruits, different types of beverages, snacks, sweets, stationary, and even packed, ready-to-eat meals (sandwiches, pasta, salad, and baguettes). Inclusive of vegan and vegetarian options!

Other food outlets in the union also sell different types of foods (perfect to munch on between lectures when you don’t have the time!). Those outlets are:

  • Coffee Revolution: a family-friendly coffee shop. They brew the best coffee you will ever taste. In addition, they also serve deserts, panini’s, sandwiches, and baguettes! They also meet the vegetarian and vegan dietary requirements. So something for everyone! Keep your eye out to the specials they do every now and then, they are definitely not to be missed;
  • Bar One: perfect place to visit if you’d like to hang out with your friends or course mates. Word has it that they make amazing burgers and chips. They often hold special events that they would screen live, such as the union officer elections. Makes a good lunch hangout! Also serves vegetarian and vegan options;
  • Interval Café: the perfect place to be at anytime of day! They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. They are well know for their mouth-watering pizzas, and they cater to all dietary requirements too! They offer some halal dishes, vegan, and vegetarian;
  • New Leaf: tired of fast food? New Leaf offers fast, fresh, and healthy food. Even when you’re on the go and don’t want to bulk up on what you eat. You can now pre-order your New Leaf salad online from the union’s website! They also cater to vegan and vegetarian options;
  • Grill and Go: for the best filling, healthy wraps, you can always head to Grill and Go. They have something for everyone. All of the chicken served is Halal, and they have both vegetarian and vegan options. Including qourn! Perfect for a quick lunch;
  • The View Deli: a spacious, modernized café selling sandwiches, wraps, and croissants. In addition to some deserts and crisps. They also have a wide variety of drinks, both hot and cold. Don’t forget to try out their Curiosity Cola!
  • International Food Court (Uni Central): even more variety available here! You can find anything from noodles to pizza. All of the chicken served there is halal too! Check with the staff for more details;

Even when you’re out of the union and studying away in the IC (Information Commons), with a very long night ahead of you, the café there is open 24/ 7 during term time. Serving everything from salads, paninis, rice dishes, wraps, and baguettes. The chicken used in the wraps is halal. You get awesome meal deals for late night munchies too! With a wide variety of cold drinks involved in the meal deal, in addition to smoothies and hot drinks which are sold separately.


Places to Visit

Places to see and worth knowing as a Student!

–       Botanical garden: Hug the bear in the bear pit. You’re not a student in Sheffield if you haven’t done so yet. Also a beautiful place for picnics or dates!

–       Tramlines: A massive three days music fest which turns Sheffield into a mini Glastonbury!

–       Rare and Racy: If you’re the kind who loves vintage stuff like books, old maps, prints etc J

–       Bungalows and Bears : 2-for-1 Burger Tuesdays!

Transport Links:

There are two main bus companies, First and Stagecoach which could take you everywhere with a single ticket worth GBP 1.00 when your student ID is shown at purchase.

Check which buses/trams go your way: https://www.travelsouthyorkshire.com/


–       There are national societies for the majority of countries in the Union, so look up for your national society in the Union page!

–       If you can’t get books at the University Libraries (all of them!), always head over to the City Council Library just opposite the Winter Gardens, it’s massive and the staff are always helpful!

–       Night clubs close at 3am, except for Fez which closes at 6am. Don’t stay out too late!

–       Regular shops close at 6pm.

–       Tap water is drinkable in Sheffield, so don’t spend all your money on bottled water!

–       If you’re an explorer, look out for London road, it has supermarkets like Aldi, to international   grocery stores. Not forgetting, amazing exotic restaurants!

–       ALWAYS ask for student discounts. Bring your ID everywhere!

–       Get a railcard, hands down. Extremely worth it!


Campaigns & Welfare


Are you motivated to help the community? Do you strive to make a safer, healthier and more peaceful planet? Then look no further! The International Students’ Committee encourages you to take matters in your own hand and see the results for yourself. We at the ISC strongly believe in the betterment of the society. We aim to achieve this by active campaigning and representation for the community. This year we have shifted our focus to certain minority groups within the University. With each of the reps having their own portfolio, we aim to target as many of these groups as we can. These campaigns aim to increase awareness and further help increase integration within University. Some of the targeted campaigns include:

  • LGBT
  • SIC students
  • Womens
  • ELTC students
  • Sports
  • Education
  • Disabilites (DDSS)
  • Mature Students


The Welfare sub-committee has a dedicated group of members who continuously help and support our endeavors. Along with executing the rep portfolios, the welfare committee will regularly host weekly meetings chaired by the Campaigns and Inclusions officer to plan and organise various other events throughout the year. Example of events and campaigns that have been carried out include:

– Hate-crime campaign
– Fundraising for victims of the Philippines typhoon
– Selling sweets at the union to help fundraise for victims in a bomb blast in a village in Pakistan
– ISC Football World Cup

The welfare committee, along with supporting various causes throughout the year, adopts two charities each year to which we donate any revenue at the end of the academic year. Last year the two charities that were supported by us were Children with Cancer UK and MOBA, which is an organisation based in Bosnia. We look forward to continue working with them this year too!

All this may seem a bit daunting, but it is not all about work. The welfare committee regularly hosts socials for its members to help celebrate some of the hard work and effort put in by its members. So come along and make a difference, we promise it will be fun!


Welcome to a New Year!

P1280159Hello all and welcome to Sheffield and welcome to the international Students’ Committee (ISC). I hope you all had a hassle free journey here. We have a variety of activities campaigns and events planned out for your viewing and participating pleasure. The ISC is one of the representative committees we have in the union. our sole aim is to represent the views and issues of international Students as well as home students, and as the chair of the ISC for the 2014/2015 academic year, I’m excited to be part of the team dedicated to fulfilling these aims.

In the past couple of years, the ISC has been known for our events. Part of what we’ll be doing this year is focusing our strengths on representation. Each of our 8 regional reps will be taking up portfolios and coming up with at least two campaigns about issues affecting international students and minority groups in the university, union etc. these campaigns will take place in both semesters. As well as representation, we organise events that further increases the representative elements of the ISC

It’s not all work with us. Along with our knack for representation, we are also known for our culturally diverse and entertaining organised events. Events that will be running this year includes our well known world week which will be happening in November, international cultural evening and food festival both happening in second semester.

So we look forward to seeing you at both campaigns and events alike and hope you have a beautiful beginning and a wonderful year ahead!


Here at the University of Sheffield we take great care of our students’ personal development and we have the necessary services to tackle with any issues you may confront yourself with on a personal level. Below are some useful links and contact info for different services provided:

University Health Service

Web: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/health/uhshomepage

No: 0114 222 2100

Email: health.service@sheffield.ac.uk

You can receive treatment for the following diseases: coughs, colds, skin complaints, muscle and joint injuries, indigestion, constipation, vomiting and diarrhea, hayfever, bites. Additional services include treatment of minor infections and emergency contraception.

University Counselling Service (online registration required)

Web: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/counselling

This service has an easy online registration process. After you register, the UCS will email you and you will have the possibility to book a one-to-one assessment session. All information about the student is confidential. Further tools include: self-help resources, groups and workshops.

Multi-Faith Chaplaincy

Web: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/chaplaincy/index

No: 0114 222 8923

Email: chaplaincy@sheffield.ac.uk

If you are looking for the purpose of life, if you’re hoping to get closer to God, if you seek to explore your inner self then you need to access the Chaplaincy service. You can find religious advisors, student faith societies or places of worship.

Disability and Dyslexia

Web: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/disability

No: 0114 222 1303

Email: disability.info@sheffield.ac.uk

They support students who have dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD, depression, anxiety disorder, autism, who are blind or partially sighted, who are deaf or hard of hearing, who have a long-standing illness such as asthma, epilepsy or chronic fatigue syndrome, or physical impairment.

LGBT support

Web: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/student/lgbt

As The University of Sheffield has an equality commitment policy towards Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) students, you can access by this link a variety of information about support provided, LGBT committee, Facebook Group, Harassment, Testimonials and Health issues.

And, of course, if you are still reticent to contact all of these services, but you still need some help, please do not hesitate to contact the International Students’ Committee! We’re here to represent you, regardless if you are an Overseas or Home student. Speak to one of us! (Contact details of the committee are in the respective sections of the booklet).


“Because there is no greater love, than the love for food”

Food food food! One of the main concerns you will have as a students will be regarding food, where to get it from, and whether it’s suitable for you or not. Not to worry though, Sheffield is very diverse and multicultural, that there is something for everyone!

When you’re out of the union and studying away in the IC (Information Commons), with a very long night ahead of you, the café there is open 24/ 7 during term time. Serving everything from salads, paninis, rice dishes, wraps, and baguettes. The chicken used in the wraps is halal. You get awesome meal deals for late night munchies too! With a wide variety of cold drinks involved in the meal deal, in addition to smoothies and hot drinks which are sold separately.

Other than that, if you’re looking for something away from university, you can find a wide range of groceries available at Tesco’s. There’s a Tesco extra right next to Sheffield 3 student accommodation, just off of Infirmary Road’s tram stop. You can find other branches of Tesco around the city center, however, you may find a bigger variety at the Extra branch. You’ll be able to find Halal poultry, vegan and vegetarian groceries. You can even find those in Sainsbury’s. Also, if you’re looking for more International foods, you can have a look at Peace Valley (also selling Halal poultry)- located on West Street, and Fitzwilliam store (on Fitzwilliam street, downhill from West One). There’s also Blue Moon Café right next to the Cathedral, specialized in vegan food. There are no Kosher butchers in Sheffield, however, you should be able to find some Kosher meats in Waitrose. Other than that, you will also be able to find tons of take outs and restaurants that cater to many dietary needs (including gluten free). If you ever happen to visit London road, you’ll find the tastiest and price friendly options there. You may even be surprised to find food items from your hometown!


Sheffield is historically known as an industrial city. It was famous for producing cutlery and steel. What used to be an industrial town is now a modern thriving city – not too big to get lost in and not too small to feel stuck in! It has great shopping, amazing night life and fabulous restaurants such as the delicious kebab shops perfect at any time of day: a study break or a quick lunch. All these different restaurants add to the international flavor of Sheffield. In terms of tourist attractions, we have the Winter Gardens, the Weston Park Museum and for theatre lovers, the crucible theatre. Sheffield is also known as one of the UK’s greenest cities and has lovely parks scattered all around the city. Not too far off, Sheffield has the beautiful Peak District, famous across the UK for its landscape of mountains and lakes. 

The university itself is ranked in the top 20 universities of the UK in terms of academic quality. Furthermore the University of Sheffield was voted as having the best Students’ Union three years in a row and was also ranked top for Student Experience in 2014. 

Furthermore one of our most famous alumni is Jospeh Marcell best known for his role as Geoffrey the Butler in The Fresh Prince of Bel-air.

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